Introduction to Genesis

INTRODUCTION TO GENESIS

Excerpts from gotquestions.org Genesis Survey

Moses is assumed to be the author of Genesis and it is generally dated between 1440 and 1400 BC which would be sometime between the time Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt and his death. The fall of man and God’s promise of redemption and salvation are recorded. Most of the major doctrines in the Bible are introduced in “seed” form in the book of Genesis: the doctrines of creation, imputation of sin, justification, atonement, depravity, wrath, grace, sovereignty, and responsibility among others. Genesis foreshadows many New Testament themes: Jesus Christ is the Seed of woman who will destroy Satan’s power, as with Joseph, God’s plan for the good of mankind through the sacrifice of His Son was intended for good even though those who crucified Jesus intended evil, God always preserves a remnant of the faithful for Himself (first represented in Noah and his family), God promises that a remnant of Jews will one day embrace their true Messiah, and the faith of Abraham would be the gift of God and the basis of salvation for both Jew and Gentile. All people, regardless of culture, nationality or language, are accountable to the Creator. But because of sin, introduced into the world at the Fall, we are separated from Him. But through one small nation, Israel, God’s redemptive power for mankind was revealed and made available to all. We rejoice in that plan.

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